January 27, 2022


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Poetry: Carols at the Equator by Neil Daswani

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A timely poem by Neil Daswani that captures the flavours of the season.

There’s no hope of frost and no snow ever falls 

yet carols swirl around like the Sumatra squalls 

evergreen melodies that deck the balmy boughs

merry gents, sip mulled wine in a sweaty carouse 

mistletoe dangles at the door in languid wait 

revellers prefer the coolth where they congregate

they’ve forgotten the lyrics so join the refrain

hallelujahs drown the uncorking of champagne 

bolts of lightning unfurl, followed by a long pause 

the thunder claps loudly in a delayed applause 

About the Poet

Neil Daswani is a naturalized Singaporean of Indian origin. Over the past thirty-one years he has lived and worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East. This international background finds expression in his poetry. He is a banker by day and a poet by night who now writes poetry prolifically. His poetry covers a myriad of themes ranging from nature and mythology, high school physics and history, to humour and the ebb and flow of love and relationships.

The year 2020 has been a milestone year for him wherein he has published three separate volumes of poetry: Why Now? followed by Seen & Felt and Redshift.

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